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Towson upends depleted Franklin in wrestling

Towson coach Phil Simmonds wanted to go into the holiday break on a winning note since the Generals have been doing a lot of it lately.

Consider it accomplished.

In the last 11 days, the Generals have posted dual-meet wins over Kenwood, Loch Raven, Carver A&T and Franklin while going 6-1 in the Jopppatown duals.

The latest victory came over visiting Franklin Thursday night in the form of a 45-33 conquest. The Indians scored the last 24 points to prevail.

"We are on a roll and we wanted to keep the momentum going," Simmonds said. "We really emphasized it." 

Towson took advantage of a depleted Franklin squad.

The Indians were missing county runner-up and state tournament qualifier Nick Montanye (132 pounds, wrist) and Tristan Armstrong (220, broken collarbone) because of injuries and Sam Solomon (152) due to a "non-injury," reason, Franklin coach Mike Slaughter said.

"I have a couple of first-year wrestlers in the lineup," said Slaughter, whose team gave up 24 points on four forfeits. "Most of our guys have to go out and pin. And then we have to get guys not get pinned."   

Franklin received pins from Nick Fowler (170) and Tyler Webb (182) for a 12-0 lead.

Towson took the next three bouts to move ahead, 15-12, as Nate Nenortas (195, 11-2) recorded a third-period pin, Neeko Regalbute (220) gained a forfeit and Jordan Thompson (285) won a 5-0 decision.

Then, Franklin prevailed in four of the next five bouts to duplicate its biggest lead, 33-21.  

The rest of the match belonged to Towson.

Boris Sivak (138), Danny Pittas (152), Jordan Campbell (160) were the benefactors of forfeits and 2012 state qualifier Liam St. John (145) registered a first-period pin to improve to 13-0.

Simmonds beamed afterwards.

"Franklin beat us pretty handily last year," Simmonds said. "There's a lot of self satisfaction in this."

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